Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez will be present at the mandatory defense of Ilunga Makabu against Thabiso Mchunu for the cruiserweight belt of the CMB, in a function that will organize Don king.
The legendary promoter, according to Badle of the Hook, he sent a statement to the press. In that same he announced that he will organize the fight in Florida, on January 29, and affirmed that the Mexican boxer will be present.
During the week, Mchunu revealed that he was not going to step aside from the mandatory defense that he has to carry out Makabu.
His trainer Sean Smith He also assured that he was not going to accept money to not take the fight and that thus Canelo I could challenge him in May 2022.
“We are mandatory challengers for Ilunga“, said Smith daily Sowetan Live. “Makabu You have an obligation to defend your title against Thabiso. Don king he did not put a date or place. The coach of the Canelo (Eddy reynoso) arrived at Convention (of the WBC), and made an offer to fight Junior, which was approved ”.
“We will not accept money to step aside,” he said. Smith. “We want to fight against Ilunga and win the title of CMB. Canelo wants to fight against Makabu in May. Makabu must settle accounts with Thabiso”.
Makabu’s mandatory defense
Mchunu, a 23-5 South African fighter, has already faced Ilunga in May 2015. In the South Africa International Convention Center, Makabu he defeated him by knockout in the eleventh round.
Too Thabiso faced Oleksandr Usyk, current champion of the WBA, WBO and FIB heavyweight in May 2015. The Ukrainian knocked him out in the ninth inning.
For its part, Ilunga Makabu revealed that he is interested in the fight against Canelo Alvarez, but first you will have to fulfill your commitment before Thabiso Mchunu.
Saul is currently resting, after unifying the 168-pound belts against Caleb Plant. However, you are already thinking about what your next step will be.